With river flows back to their normal levels thanks to some much needed rainstorms, local fishing has really taken off. And the state has re-stocked all of our area rivers with some fat, healthy trout just in time for the mayfly season.
The major mayfly hatches have just started on our local rivers, and in the coming 4 to 5 weeks, the dry fly action will be incredible. If you've never been on a local stream during a hatch of sulphurs or light cahills just at dusk, don't miss this opportunity.
The sulphurs are the first area mayflies to hatch in adbundance. Starting in the first and second weeks of May, the hatches grow more prolific each night, peaking towards the middle to end of the month.
Mixed in with the sulphurs, and peaking a few weeks later in early June, the light cahill hatches will begin coming off. Already, the trout are starting to key into these insects.
Preferred patterns for matching the sulphur and light cahill hatches are parachute sulphur dry flies in sizes 14-16 and light cahill dries in sizes 12-14. Since the hatches tend to come off late in the evening - after 7 p.m. - anglers would be best served to stock up on dry flies with bright white parachute posts or some other type of indicator - as spotting your fly in fading light can be quite a challenge.
But don't wait until 7 p.m. to hit the water. Remember that these insects are swimming up from the river bottom to hatch, and trout will be feeding on the emerging nymphs all afternoon and early evening. Two great patterns are unweighted pheasant tail nymphs and sulphur emergers which float just below the water's surface, offering an enticing meal.
Don't miss this incredible dry fly season - this is the best month of fly fishing on our local rivers - so be sure to carve out some "metime" for yourself on the water.
And don't forget to bring a friend - introducing someone new to the sport during one of these hatches will most definitely make an angler for life.
Swarms of mayflies will hatch from the riffle water just at dusk and into dark
Locally, light cahills can grow to enormous size - some up to 3/4 or 1 inch long
The Light Cahill dry fly is the predominent pattern for taking trout on the surface during this next month
If you take care of the fish, the fishing will take care of itself.